Mhr 405 Assignment

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In our 6th seminar, we were arranged into groups to complete a “Wilderness Survival Exercise”, this activity consisted of 6 group members making logical group decisions that were impacted by motivation of others, and organizational behavior of members in the group. In summary, this exercise included a group of campers that were travelling along a river stream with their canoes, and all of their supplies, when suddenly they encounter some rapids, which lead to the group of 6 campers falling out and canoes being destroyed. Therefore, this led to most of their supplies and necessities being destroyed, or ruined. Prior to reading the case scenario, we had to form a group of 6 members discussing about what items are more of a necessity for survival than others. After gathering 5 other members, my group an I then went through 1st step in the 5 stages of group development, forming; in which we got to know each other. Throughout the forming process the group members and I went through the 3 main concepts of active listening. Sensing, by letting to the group members speak without interruption and maintaining interest, responding by showing interest to the speaker and, evaluating by organizing information and providing feedback.

With that being stated, we were given a selected amount of items to choose from and which of these 14 items would be more valuable for survival. Individually we selected the items that we felt were more useful for survival, and listed them in ascending order from which we felt were most valuable to least valuable. Next we got together as a group to discuss what we felt were the most important items for survival and had to come up with a list as a group. Everyone contributing to the group decision is where we found the 2nd steps of group development occur, storming; where it felt like more of an argument, than a decision between the group members. Throughout the decision making process we found it challenging for the sender of the message to transmit the message to the receivers because it was a larger group, and their was a lot of noise in the classroom environment.

With that being said we decided to divide the group into half where every individual can input their thoughts to come up with 1 idea, and then to discuss it with the other 3 members with reasoning for a final decision. In my opinion, I found this method to be much more efficient and effective, in addition I found that with a larger group their was one or two people socially loafing, and when we broke it down into 2 groups everyone was engaged with the decision. However, I have encountered some communication barriers that were taking place during the decision making process, for example when a member really wanted to get their point across the board they would reduce their politeness and respect. In another situation they would provide information overload as to why this item should be chosen with excessive information to over throw other opinions.

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